Motorcyclists start campaign to ease traffic congestion and improve safety

7 October 2013
Australia's motorcycling community has joined forces with road safety advocates Maurice Blackburn in an online-campaign to urge State and Territory Governments to give the green light to 'lane filtering' to ease traffic congestion.

In a video released today, the practice of lane filtering - which is legal in many places overseas - is explained graphically so that the community understand its economic and safety benefits and potential to reduce road congestion.

Lane filtering is defined as motorcycles moving between lanes of slow or stationary traffic. It is a way of riding that eases congestion for everyone while improving safety for motorcyclists when compared to being stopped in traffic. A large European study* shows it's safer for riders.

Shaun Lennard Chairman Australian Motorcycle Council said:

"Filtering makes sense. Road authorities around the world are at last recognising the positive contribution of motorcycle and scooter use in relieving congestion. It's time Australia adopted it too."

"I've seen filtering in action across the world - in Europe, Asia and South America."

"As well as relieving congestion, there are safety benefits for riders too."

John Voyage, Maurice Blackburn principal and road safety advocate said it was encouraging that a number of state and territory governments were already looking at lane filtering.

"In releasing this video we hope that policy makers see how this is a simple and effective practice. There is strong evidence from Europe that shows that it's six times more dangerous for riders to be  stuck behind stationary vehicles than it is for those allowed to filter through queuing traffic."

Maurice Blackburn is proud to be leading a growing campaign for change for riders, giving them a voice online and in social media and urging law reform.

The video production was funded via Australia's riding community who bought Stop SMIDSY t-shirts to fund the project. 

*EU Motorcycle Accident Indepth Study (MAIDS) Final Report 2.0 2009.